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Coccidia exam

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P407
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Monday-Friday, day shift
Method Kinyoun stain
Collection Instructions SAF tubes and instructions available from the 1st floor ACC draw station, 2330 Post St draw station, 5th floor lab at Parnassus and 2nd floor lab at MtZ.
Container type
Inpatients Clean container
ED/Outpatients SAF collection vial


SAF tubes and instructions available from the 1st floor ACC draw station, 2330 Post St draw station, 5th floor lab at Parnassus and 2nd floor lab at MtZ.
Amount to Collect See preferred volume
Sample type Stool
Preferred volume 10 mL stool
Note: for SAF vial, fill to red line on container label
Min. Volume 5 mL stool
Note: for SAF vial, fill to red line on container label
UCSF Rejection Criteria Stool in a preservative other than SAF. More than one sample received within 24 hours. Stool not mixed well in SAF, or if preservative has been poured out. SAF container filled past the red line on the container label.
Processing notes Transfer unpreserved stool to SAF preservative upon receipt in lab.
Normal range Negative
Synonyms Cryptosporidium; Cyclospora; Isospora
Stability Unpreserved 24 hours, preserved 2 weeks
Turn around times 1-3 days
Additional information A screen for coccidia (Isospora, Cryptosporidium, and Cyclospora) is included in the routine stool examination for parasites (see Parasites, Stool).

If exam for coccidia is specifically requrested, an acid fast smear from a concentrate is examined. There will be an additional charge for preparing a stool concentrate for staining.
CPT coding 87206
LOINC code 40958-1
Last Updated 11/24/2014 12:13:54 PM
Entry Number 1309
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